The mandate to develop an “actuarially-sound premium” gave the Obama administration a lever with which they could remove CLASS from the final bill. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it was killing the program.
...The Obama administration did the right thing here, and they did it at high political cost. Killing the CLASS Act was always going to open them to a flood of criticism. They could have fudged the numbers. They could have tried to delay the inevitable. They didn’t. Instead, they proved themselves committed to a financially sound health-reform plan.
Which is why Obama is Ezra's hero. Unfortunately, doing "the right thing" does not seem to actually include repealing the CLASS act. HHS Secretary Sebelius has announced that she can't implement the plan and make the numbers work, but her boss is opposed to repealing it. And it makes sense to kill it and keep it alive because... I have no idea, but I know Ezra will be back with an explanation as soon as someone comes up with one that doesn't sound as if it were written for Jon Stewart. My guess is that "fiscal responsibility" will be a key theme, as will blaming Bush. Or maybe Sarah Palin.
Meanwhile, it almost looks as if Team Obama, or some faction therein, is trying to delay the inevitable. Baffling.